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# Course Outline

Summer 2011
General Information
Course Number: COMM 215 Instructor: Dr. Fassil Nebebe Lec BX Time: online SGW online Email: Use question center

This syllabus is subject to change and any changes will be posted in the Announcements section of the course website. Disclaimer: In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University's control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.

CONTACT INFORMATION The Head Teaching Assistant for this course is Samie Li Shang Ly and she can be reached as follows: comm215@econcordia.com Allow for a 24 hour response time during the week (Monday-Friday). Teaching Assistants check their messages once over the 48 hour weekend period and are not available on statutory or university holidays.

Course description This course introduces the fundamentals of statistics as applied to the various areas of business and administration. Topics covered include techniques of descriptive statistics, basic theory of probability and probability distributions, estimation and hypotheses testing, chi-square tests in contingency table analysis and for goodness-of-fit, and simple linear regression and correlation. Prerequisite: MATH 208 or equivalent and MATH 209 or equivalent; DESC 200 or INTE 290 or COMP 248 previously or concurrently. Objectives This course introduces statistics as a tool for dealing with information in quantitative form. Students will learn statistical skills that will contribute effectively to management and policy formation. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to distinguish between different types of data and data collection options, describe data sets by graphical or numeric methods, correctly interpret tables and graphs, discuss basic statistical concepts such as variability, covariance/correlation, statistical independence, confidence intervals, hypotheses testing and p-values, and perform basic data analysis including data modeling using regression and understand the connection between statistics and good business practice. In addition, they will be able to use statistical software package and/or statistics add-in, focus on analysis of business data, and present their statistical findings effectively. Teaching Method This is an online COMM 215 section with eConcordia. Practical examples and problems are presented in business and economics settings and delivered via eConcordias learning management system. These examples are drawn from a variety of areas such as accounting, management, finance, marketing, production, economics and business technology management. Course Materials Textbook: ISBN: 0176613560 Title: BUSINESS STATISTICS FOR CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY Author: ANDERSON/SWEENEY/WILLIAMS Imprint: NELSON Edition: 1ST Once you are registered for the course, you can purchase your textbooks online from the Concordia Bookstore or in person at the McConnell Building, 1400 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West.

Please note that textbooks ordered online from the Concordia Bookstore will be shipped only 5 working days from the date the order was placed. Additional resource materials: The textbook is packaged with a Passkey to the publishers premium Website content including textbook WEBFiles, Palisades DecisionTools Suite (includes StatTools & Precision Tree), Excel 2007 Primer, and EXCEL stats digitial tutorials. Review problems with solutions by topics available under Resource Center. Note: Commercial uses and unauthorized production and distributions of the provided materials are strictly prohibited. Graded Assessments/ Course Evaluation* Evaluation will be based on a number of assignments/quizzes, case/data analysis study, a midterm examination and a final examination with marks distributed as shown below. The final grade for the course will be based on the following components: Quizzes (best 4 of 6) Case/Data analysis EISEL iStat Mid-term Examination Final Examination (comprehensive)* Total
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## 20% 5% 3% 2% 15% 55% 100%

Note : To receive credit for this course, you must obtain at least 40% on the final examination.

## Details 1. Quizzes: Best 4 of 6 (20%)

Quizzes are problems intended to reinforce specific methodological objectives treated in Lessons. There will be six online quizzes. The best 4 of the 6 quiz results will be counted and there is no replacement quiz for missing a quiz, whatever the reasons may be. The quizzes constitute conceptual and business application skill developing questions in multiple choice and solve and fill-in-the-blanks formats. Each quiz is worth 5% and is designed to evaluate the learning outcome of certain topics: Quiz 1: On data collection and their description using graphical and tabular methods as well as numerical measures (Chapters 1 and 2, 3.1 to 3.4) Quiz 2: On basic probability concepts and include all of chapter 4 (except 4.5).

Quiz 3: On the general concepts of discrete and continuous probability distributions (5.1 to 5.3). It also covers special distributions such as the Binomial and the normal distributions (5.4 and 6.2). Quiz 4: On sampling distributions and their roles in statistical inferences such as interval estimation (7.1 to 7.6 and chapter 8). Quiz 5: On the notion of hypothesis testing and its applications in tests of goodness of fit and independence (9.1 to 9.5, 12.1 and 12.2) Quiz 6: On measure of association and linear regression analysis (3.5, 14.1 to 14.6).

## 2. Data Analysis (5%)

EXCEL along with an add-on StatTools, a specially developed add-in package, are used to access and manage database, perform statistical analysis and effectively present findings.

## 3. Midterm Examination (15%)

For the online section, the midterm examination is given as online quiz. It is scheduled for June 16, 2011 and covers relevant sections of Chapters 1 to 5 (excluding 3.5, 3.6, 4.5, 5.5 and 5.6) and Section 6.2 of the textbook. The midterm constitutes questions in multiple choice and solve and fill-in-the-blanks formats.

## 4. Final Examination (55%)

The final examination is worth 55% of the total mark for this course. The final examination is comprehensive and will cover all of the chapters and sections of the textbook listed under Business Statistics at a glance above. The final examination will also have some multiple choice questions.

## 5. iSTAT (2%) and EISEL (3%)

For the online section, students are expected to participate in the iSTAT interactive learning activities as well as use EISEL for practice sessions. There will be a number of activities, one per chapter, designed to help students prepare for the midterm and final examinations. a. iSTAT is an environment where you get to learn statistical concepts through animation and simulation with java applets; interact with the teaching assistant (TA) and the instructor on various topics of the course. b. EISEL is an interactive, random generator of numerous multiple choice and/or true or false questions as practice tools designed to help you learn the course materials and to prepare you for the quizzes and examinations.

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## BUSINESS STATISTICS COMM 215 (Section BX) Agenda

Summer 2011
All deadlines indicated are on the due date listed by 11:59 p.m. unless otherwise indicated. Week 1: May 3 May 8 Discussion Board opens at 3:00 p.m. Lesson 0 - About This Course Navigate the course website Review the course outline Lesson 1 (Chapter 1) - Data and Statistics Lesson 2 (Chapter 2) 2: May 9 May 15 Week Descriptive Statistics: Tabular and Graphical Presentations Lesson 2 (Chapter 2) - Continued Lesson 3 (Chapter 3) Numerical Measures (Sections 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4) DNE Date: Academic withdrawal deadline (with tuition refund) Last day to add Summer-term courses: Week 3: May 16 May 22 Wednesday, May 18 QUIZ 1: LESSONS 1, 2, 3: May 18 (5%) Lesson 4 (Chapter 4, except section 4.5) Introduction to Probability Week 4: May 23 May 29 Wednesday, May 25 QUIZ 2: LESSON 4: May 25 (5%) Lesson 5 (Chapter 5, Sections 5.1, 5.2, 5.3) Discrete Probability Distributions; (Section 5.4) Binomial Distribution Lesson 6 (Chapter 6, Section 6.2) - Continuous Probability Distributions; Normal Distribution Week 5: May 30 June 5 Lessons 5 and 6 - Continued Week 6: June 6 June 12 QUIZ 3: LESSONS 5 - 6: June 7 (5%) Lesson 7 (Chapter 7, Sections 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6) Sampling and Sampling Distributions Week 7: June 13 June 19 MIDTERM EXAM: LESSONS 1 6: June 16 (15%) Lesson 8 - (Chapter 8) Interval Estimation Week 8: June 20 June 26 Midterm Break begins Midterm Break ends Week 9: June 27 July 3 QUIZ 4: LESSONS 7 - 8: June 29 (5%) Lesson 9 (Chapter 9, Sections 9.1, 9.2, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5) - Hypothesis Tests ! !

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Lesson 10 - (Chapter 12, Section 12.1, 12.2) - Tests of Goodness of fit and Independence Week 10: July 4 July 10
Lesson 11 (Chapter 3, Section 3.5) Measures of Association between Two Variables Lesson 12 - (Chapter 14, Sections 14.1, 14.2, 14.3, 14.4, 14.5, 14.6) Simple Linear Regression

Week 11: July 11 July 17 Lesson 12 - Continued Monday, July 11 Monday, July 11 QUIZ 5: LESSONS 9 -10: July 11 (5%) DISC Date: Academic withdrawal deadline (without tuition refund) Week 12: July 18 July 24 Lesson 12 - Continued Lesson 13 - (Chapter 15, Sections 15.1, 15.2, 15.3, 15.4, 15.5, 15.6) Multiple Regression Week 13: July 25 July 31 Lesson 13 Continued Complete Course Evaluation !

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External Exam Application Deadline for final Week 14: August 1 August 7 Monday, August 1 QUIZ 6: LESSONS 11 - 12: August 1 (5%) Monday, August 7 DATA ANALYSIS DUE: August 7 (5%) Monday, August 7 iSTAT REQUIREMENTS DUE: August 7 (2%) Monday, August 7 EISEL REQUIREMENTS DUE: August 7 (3%) Week 15: August 8 August 10 Wednesday, August 10 Last day of classes Summer Term: August 12 August 18 Examination Period Final Examination: To receive credits for this course, a student must obtain at least 40% on the final examination. Exam date, time and location to be posted in your MyConcordia Portal

This syllabus is subject to change and any changes will be posted in the Announcements section of the course website. Disclaimer: In the event of extraordinary circumstances beyond the University's control, the content and/or evaluation scheme in this course is subject to change.